Sale raises nearly $10,000 for thrift shop, food shelf

Black River Good Neighbor Services held its Fall Rummage Sale at Fletcher Farm. Despite a six-inch rainfall on opening day, the total weekend's results of nearly $10,000 raised were cconsidered "outstanding" by BRGNS officials.

"A huge success" is how Audrey Bridge, executive director of BRGNS Thrift Shop and Food Shelf, described the event. "We couldn't believe that we had lines of people standing in the rain waiting for the doors to open on Friday morning."

Jim Fuller, president of the BRGNS board noted that "the flow of customers was brisk from the opening on Friday until closing on Sunday."

Bridge said "we've become an event that people look forward to. People came from as far as Canada, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and many other parts of Vermont appeared. They realized that the bargains and merchandise quality are hard to beat. Coverage from local papers and mention on local and statewide television was a great help in getting the message about the Rummage Sale out and resulted in increased attendance."

The board of directors and the staff of Black River Good Neighbor Services thanked community members for the many donations of clothing, house wares and furniture. The group also thanked volunteers and Lucille Evens who catered healthy food daily to the volunteer's lunch. Okemo Mountain provided clothing racks for the sale items.

The money that was raised will help cover fuel, food, rent and utility assistance for those who qualify in Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Proctorsville, Cavendish and Plymouth and will help with the capital campaign fund for the move to BRGNS' new location, the Tank Barn in Ludlow.

To make donations, or for response to any questions, call Audrey Bridge at 802-228-3663 or visit the Thrift Store at 105 Main St. in Ludlow.

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